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Jun
19

China Travel Blog – Macau Canal Shoppes Venetian

After we checked into Hotel Okura Macau (see previous post), we began on our journey to the Venetian on the Cotai Strip via Galaxy Hotel buses.   Note: Shuttle buses are complimentary to all guests and they bring you to all popular tourist attractions. Do ask the hotel staff for a copy of the shuttle buses schedule. Canal Shoppes Venetian Macau I’ve been to Venetian before and I do recall the opulence and excitement that got to me on my first trip. The Venetian on the Cotai Strip in Macau is modeled on its sister casino resort The Venetian Las Vegas, and is the seventh-largest building in the world by floor area. The Venetian Macao is the largest casino in the world, and the largest single structure hotel building in Asia. It’s a mammoth building which is visited by loads of tourists everyday. Landscape view of the shopping area… An Opera Singer performing at Venetian… We found some golden eggs!  The wow factor of this place comes from strolling through the shops lining the canals. If you look up, the ceilings are painted to resemble a pretty blue sky which gives you the impression that it’s always daytime and there’s no need to rest or sleep. It’s a pretty clever use of lighting to lull shoppers into thinking that it’s not yet time to go and that there’s still more time to shop. Other parts of this place have also installed replicated pieces of artworks from the Las Vegas casinos as well. The Venetian Gondolier sings the Italian opera melodies. It’s rather enchanting as they have very good vocals and perform with great passion. The casino at Venetian is super packed and extremely smoky. I didn’t like going in there but it’s the area that leads us to the other parts of the building. This is the centre-piece ceiling art attraction. Worth taking a look if you’re there.   Festivita Foodcourt We had our meals at Festivita Foodcourt which offers a wide array of dining choices from all over the world (e.g. Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Mexican and American). The 1,000 seats foodcourt is located on the 3rd floor of the Grand Canal Shoppes. However, do note that one bowl of Wanton noodle can set you back SGD$8 or MOP$48. If you ask me, please don’t order the wanton noodle. Try the Duck rice store. Yes the price may be steep like SGD$20 or MOP$120 for 2 pax portion (comes with 2 bowls of rice). Egg...
Jun
8

China Travel Blog – The Perfect Getaway in Macau at Hotel Okura Macau

This has got to be the BEST VACATION STAY EVER!!! As I have mentioned in my earlier post, we stayed at the Hotel Okura Macau for 2 nights and it’s an unforgettable and amazing experience at the Superior Suite. We were treated like VIPs literally. From the time we Checked-In to the Birthday Surprise preparation by the staff, Room Services (Turn down services), Complimentary F&B vouchers to finally Checking Out… EVERYTHING was just SO DAMN AWESOME!!!   This was what greeted us when we entered the hotel. If you were to wait a while longer, there would be a show on this fountain that discloses a huge diamond under the whole fountain. Magnificent display of water features (it’s better than the water fountain show in Sentosa I feel). Shengfang accompanied us for our hotel check-in. She was staying over at some other hotel as Okura was fully booked! That’s how popular it is. Anyways, the hotel staff brought us from the lobby to the 6th Floor for our check-in at Hotel Okura Executive Lounge. It was a VIP treatment as we were served drinks at the sofa while the check-in was done. After the swift paper work was done, we went straight to check out our Superior Suite room!   This is the living room area.   From our room, we had a good view of the man-made Beach!   They had this Okura Japanese Tea Set for us which included some sort of japanese cake?  🙂 I love Japanese tea sets!   Our bedroom ! We had 2 toilets in the suite and all of toilet bowls are fully automatic / touch-less sort? It’s very fun to play with it. The toilet bowl cover automatically opens up when you approach it and automatically closes when you have finished your business. I would very much want one of these in my own home. Can someone be kind enough to sponsor me please? haha.    A close up view of the buttons and functions for the toilet bowl… I usually check the bath room conditions for hotels and as promised in my booking, we were greeted by the Steam Bath/ Rain Shower (on the left), the Jacuzzi Bathtub (in the middle) and the Sauna (on the right)! FANTASTIC. Even when you’re lazing in the jacuzzi, you could turn on the TV and view all the programs (similar to what I have on my Starhub TV! ) 2 Separate Basins so there’s enough...
May
22

Carousel Royal Plaza on Scotts – Lunch International Buffet

Carousel, Royal Plaza on Scotts, is famous of its halal certified International Hotel Buffet. This buffet located near Orchard MRT is a popular choice among locals and foreigners as it serves up a wide variety of Seafood, Asian, Chinese, Indian cuisines and also has a wide spread of delicious desserts and fruits. Salad bar Seafood Display at the Front Counter  For lunch, Carousel typically serves up: Japanese, Seafood & Crustacean, Salad & Appetisers, European, Rotisserie, Pasta, Asian & Western Soups, Breads & Rolls, Asian, Chicken Rice, Desserts. As with any International Buffet, I would usually head straight for the (1) Seafood Section first. They had Salmons, Green Mussels, Sweet Clams, Half Shell Scallops, Crabs (Blue Swimming and Mud types), Slipper Lobsters, Main Lobster Claws! Lobster Claws The next section that I love to patronize is the (2) Rotisserie Section. The dish that they were serving up was the Beef Sirloin (Medium done).  My personal preference would have been Medium Rare though. Carousel has also a good selection of (3) Cheese: Blue cheese, Brie cheese, and Fresh Parmesan cheese. I took brie cheese, it has always been my favourite. (4) Desserts: White, Milk and Dark Chocolate, The Orange Chocolate Pearls Cake, Creme Brulee, Puddings, Yam Paste and Ice Cream. This is a must try! Love the crust, so sweet and crispy. Chocolate Cake I love their Creme Brulee with the layer of sweetened icing on top! Thumbs up! This place is highly recommended for Seafood lovers. By the time you stomach down your portion of the seafood, you may not have the stomach to visit the rest of the counters (which makes up 80% of the whole dining area). If you’re not one, I would suggest that you skip this buffet as it’s more costly than the average Asian cuisine buffets (minus the seafood) – it’s just not worth your buck. TIPS: (1) Please call in to book in advance if you wish dine there, especially in big groups. (2) Lunch is strictly from 12:00 to 14:00, I found the timing rather tight. If you’re a fast eater, good for you. Otherwise, you might end up having to gobble your food down if you turn up late. (3) Lobster claws are almost snapped up by 13:00. I have tried asking them before if there were still lobster claws when I couldn’t find any (i only had 1 pathetic claw as I was late). The reply I got was that they do not replace the lobster claws. Thankfully, another waitress was kind enough to serve...
May
7

Bangkok #1 – Stay at Centre Point Silom (at Riverside)

When my friends and even colleagues get to know that I’m flying overseas, they speculate, presume and assume that I’m going to Bangkok for every trip! UsuaIly when I’m asked how long a duration is enough, I would recommend the typical traveller 3-4 days… but I tell you, one week is never enough.  I started going bangkok for 5 days with my hall friends (LS, Angie, ah Jon, Xy, Chris) back in the days when we were sporty, tanned and adorned in our Chang Beer uniforms. We went there without knowing what to expect. Both Angie and I thought that the guys wanted to go see Tigers…    FREAK NO, turned out to be  THAI GIRLS and it’s X-rated.        0____0   haha. And so, the trips that usually range from 3 days to 5 days…  stretched to 11 days in the recent years. HAHA.  🙂 I’ll just share some of the places I stayed in and things that I’ve done in my last trip in Dec 2013 with Mr Ho, Ros and Ed! We stayed in at Centrepoint Silom Hotel which was located at the River side. This is a good place to start your trip if you intend to do a riverside boat tour and drop off at various locations to see other parts of Bangkok. The view is good especially if you go up to Lebua State Tower Sky Bar. One of my fave pub areas in BKK.   Centrepoint Silom Hotel Back to the room which is spacious and clean. The corridors of this apartment are huge too. Normally, the walkway for hotels in BKK are rather narrow, but in this place you have plenty of space to even dance around.  The Kitchenette is well equipped with most of the utensils that you’ll need. As for the bath, it comes with a big tub for soaking and a separate room for a quick shower!  🙂 There were quite a few Angmoh & Korean tourists lazing by the poolside in the morning. Overall, the stay in this hotel was good (My score: 7/10)… Comfortable, spacious, close proximity to the riverside and near Lebua State Tower! There’s a shopping centre located right below the hotel where I purchased some of my bras. Street Side Kueh Chap And if you don’t mind, cross the road and you’ll find the hawkers selling delicious street side Kueh Chap (Thailand Chinese Style). $2-3 Bucks for this! And there was this...

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